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The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations and memberships. Our mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. With nearly 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.

 

Thank You NDSC Members 

New Members as of 
October 1, 2014
Adler Hot Oil Services, LLC
J Koski Company
James River Senior Citizens Inc
JDP Trucking
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
New Rockford Sheyenne School District
Northland Healthcare Alliance
PSV Enterprises
QEP Resources
Red River Commodities
TMI Corporation & Subsidiaries
 
Renewing Members as of 
October 1, 2014
A & B Welding & Construction Inc.
Adler Hot Oil Services, LLC
Agri-Cover, Inc.
Allied Agronomy
Badger Daylighting of ND, Inc.
Bay Valve Service Inc.
Bismarck-Mandan Security, Inc.
Blueflint Ethanol
Burke County
Butler Machinery Company
Carrington School District
Central Services
CHS Asphalt Terminal
CHS Sunflower
City of Grafton-Municipal Utilities
City of Hazen
City of Rolla
CMG Oil & Gas
CrossCountry Courier
Dakota Monument Company
Dan's Super Market
Diverse Energy Systems
Drug Plastics & Glass Company
DuCon Energy
Duratech Industries
Eckert Youth Home
Envision
Fessenden-Bowdon Public School
Gagnon Incorporated
Garrett Brothers Construction Inc.
Garrison Diversion Conservancy Dist.
GMHR
GO  Wireline LLC
Great River Energy - Coal Creek
Harvey Public Schools
Horizon Resources
ICY Industrial Services
Industrial Construction & Eng.
Industrial Contract Services, Inc.
Industrial Lubricant Company
J Koski Company
James River Senior Citizens Inc
JK Lube, Inc, DBA Jiffy Lube
Kindred School District #2
Larimore Public School
Leonardite Products
Lunseth Plumbing & Heating Co.
Majestic Glove
McQuade Distributing Company
Mercer County Schools
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
MN Power-Bison Wind Energy
Molstad Excavating, Inc.
MW Industries, Inc.
New Rockford Sheyenne School District
Nodak Electric Cooperative
Northland Healthcare Alliance
Paulson Premium Seed & Cond.
PSV Enterprises
QEP Resources
R & R Contracting, Inc.
Rough Rider Education Services Program
Safety Technologies Inc
South Central Grain
Southwest Grain
Strata Corporation
Streyle Masonry
Titan Machinery Inc.
TMI Corporation & Subsidiaries
Trotter Construction
Ulteig Engineers, Inc.
Western Edge Electric, Inc
WorleyParsons
 


 


Flagger Training

NDSC Responds to Demand for
Workplace Safety Training
 
October 29, 2014 - To address the growing need for workplace safety training in North Dakota, the North Dakota Safety Council has hired two additional Safety Consultants for their Dickinson and Fargo locations.
 
Jacob Erickson joins the NDSC with a diverse background in industrial safety, most recently working as a field safety coordinator for an oil and gas company. He is qualified to teach multiple industrial safety courses, including PEC SafeLandUSA and IVES equipment operator training. Erickson is stationed in Dickinson and will be responsible for providing safety training and consultation services in western North Dakota.
 
Erickson can be reached at (701) 388-6367 or JacobE@ndsc.org.
 
Michelle Freden brings more than 17 years of safety experience to the NDSC, including mine safety, safety and risk audits, and implementing, developing and enforcing OSHA, EPA and state guidelines. She is qualified to teach PEC SafeLandUSA, OSHA general industry, first aid and CPR, and mine safety courses. Freden will be responsible for the NDSC's mine safety program and will assist with training needs across the state.
 
Freden is stationed at the NDSC's Fargo office and can be reached at (701) 318-7665 or MichelleF@ndsc.org.


The ‘Trick’ to Staying Safe on Halloween
 
October 27, 2014 - Halloween is an exciting time for kids, but the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) reminds the public that pedestrian safety should be a top priority for both drivers and parents. On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year. With hundreds of kids hitting the streets this Friday, the NDSC offers a few simple tips to help keep kids safe:

Safety Tips for Kids and Parents:
  • Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and to trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Make sure your little ghouls and goblins walk, not run, across the street.

Safety Tips for Drivers:

  • SLOW DOWN. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

For more safety tips, check out our Halloween safety post on our blog, Safety is Personal.


Ebola Control and Prevention Tips from OSHA
 
October 14, 2014 - Currently, most workers in the U.S. are unlikely to encounter Ebola virus or individuals with Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF). However, exposure to the virus or someone with EHF may be more likely in certain sectors, including the healthcare, mortuary/death care, and airline servicing industries. Workers who interact with people, animals, goods, and equipment arriving in the U.S. from foreign countries with current EHF outbreaks are at the greatest risk for exposure.

The following are OSHA’s requirements and recommendations for protecting workers whose work activities are conducted in an environment that is known, or reasonably suspected, to be contaminated with Ebola virus:
  • Employers should follow recognized and generally accepted good infection control practices, and must meet applicable requirements in the Personal Protective Equipment standard (29 CFR 1910.132, general requirements) and the Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134).
  • Use proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and good hand hygiene protocols to avoid exposure to infected blood and body fluids, contaminated objects, or other contaminated environmental surfaces.
  • Wear gloves, wash hands with soap and water after removing gloves, and discard used gloves in properly labeled waste containers.
  • Workers tasked with cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated with Ebola virus must be protected from exposure. Click here for OSHA’s Cleaning and Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces Fact Sheet.

For more information on Ebola control and prevention, visit OSHA's Safety and Health Topics website.


OSHA Reminds Employers About
Training Materials Loan Program

October 13, 2014 - Employers seeking free safety training materials now have a resource to guide them through OSHA's Resource Center Loan Program.

An OSHA fact sheet, issued in September, describes the materials (which include videos and books) as well as how to access and borrow them from the Resource Center.

More than 750 videos are available covering more than 100 safety and health topics, including fall protection, electrical hazards and workplace violence.


OSHA Announces Top 10 Most-Cited
Violations for Fiscal Year 2014

September 19, 2014 - OSHA, together with Safety+Health magazine, on September 16 unveiled the agency's Top 10 most-cited violations for fiscal year 2014 during the NSC Congress and Expo. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, and Kyle W. Morrison, S+H's senior associate editor, announced OSHA's Top 10 list in front of a crowd gathered on the Expo Floor.

For the fourth year in a row, OSHA's Fall Protection Standard (1926.501) is the agency's most frequently cited violation.

The entire list is as follows:

1.     Fall Protection in Construction (1926.501)

2.     Hazard Communication (1910.1200)

3.     Scaffolding in Construction (1926.451)

4.     Respiratory Protection (1910.134)

5.     Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)

6.     Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)

7.     Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)

8.     Ladders in Construction (1926.1053)

9.     Machine Guarding (1910.212)

10.   Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303)

The data is preliminary. S+H will publish the finalized data, additional Top 10 details and an exclusive interview with Kapust in its December issue.

To learn about workplace safety training that can help you avoid these types of citations, contact one of our Safety Consultants, or visit our training calendar.


NDSC Conference Certificates Available

Certificates of Attendance are available for the NDSC's 2014 Safety & Health Conference. To acquire a copy of your certificate, please contact Serena Schmit at SerenaS@ndsc.org.
 


News You Can Use


High levels of bacteria found in kitchen towels: study
October 31, 2014 - You might want to think twice before reaching for a kitchen towel to dry your hands or dishes. A new study from the University of Arizona has revealed that these towels can be covered in an assortment of bacteria.

Bicyclist fatalities increasing, report says
October 31, 2014 - Bicycle-related deaths are on the rise, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

NTSB: Hands-free devices not safe for CMV drivers
October 31, 2014 - The National Transportation Safety Board has renewed its call to ban the use of hands-free cell phones by all drivers operating commercial motor vehicles.

EPA updates work plan for chemical assessments
October 31, 2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency announced it has added 23 chemicals to its Toxic Substances Control Act Work Plan for Chemical Assessments.

New OSHA enforcement directive covers power-operated crane equipment
October 31, 2014 - OSHA has issued a new compliance directive to help guide inspectors in the enforcement of the agency's updated Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard.


To read the full stories, visit the NDSC's News Page.

 


The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.